Surry County Victim Services Program
Assistance with victim services is available through the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. The Surry County Victim/Witness Program serves to ensure that victims and witnesses of criminal activities receive fair and compassionate treatment while participating in the criminal justice process.
The Surry County Victim/Witness Program strives to reduce the trauma of a crime by empowering and assisting crime victims, witnesses, and their family members, in reconstructing their lives through advocacy, support, information, and referrals.
In recognition of the Commonwealth’s concern for the victims and witnesses of crime, it is the purpose of this office to ensure that the full impact of a crime, is brought to the attention of the Commonwealth’s Attorney; that crime victims and witnesses are treated with dignity, respect, and sensitivity; and that their privacy is protected to the extent permissible under law. It is further purposed that victims and witnesses are informed of the rights provided to them under the laws of the Commonwealth; that they receive authorized services as appropriate; and that they can be heard by law-enforcement agencies, attorneys for the Commonwealth, corrections agencies, and the judiciary at all stages of the criminal justice process.
The Surry County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Surry County Victim Services Unit, serves a vital role in enhancing the lives of citizens in Surry County. This can be accomplished through the fair and effective prosecution of defendants, coupled with the passionate and respectful treatment of victims and witnesses. The Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Victim Services Unit Director will work collaboratively with agency partners, law enforcement, and our citizens of Surry County, to provide care and compassion, to crime victims, through competent leadership, direction, and support.
The Surry County Victim Services Program provides the following services:
- Courtroom Assistance
- Criminal Justice Process Support/Explanation
- Accompaniment to court
- Courtroom Tours
- Confidentiality Forms
- Assistance with Trial Preparation
- Notice of Court Dates
- Bond Status
- Case Status Updates/Information
- Employer/School Intercessions
- Department of Corrections Victim Notification Form
- Notice of Appeal & Habeas Corpus
- Restitution Explanation
- Explanation and Assistance with Claim Filing through Virginia Victims Fund
- Assistance with Travel and Meal Reimbursement
- Assistance in Explanation and Understanding of Victim Impact Statement
- Explanation of Right to Remain in the Courtroom
- Explanation of Plea Agreement
- Parole Input
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the Victim Services Unit, of Surry County, maintain a mission-focused approach to ensure needed services and assistance are provided to crime victims and witnesses in Surry County. The work that we do is not easy as our cases encompass community members who have been victimized and face unwanted fear, hardship, pain, and suffering. We understand the trauma, fear, and emotion that accompanies victimization. The collaborative efforts, of these two offices, will ensure competent and compassionate service delivery, by utilizing a trauma-informed approach to their well-being.
- THE GENIEVE SHELTER
- THE JAMES HOUSE
- SUMMARY VIRGINIA CRIME VICTIM AND WITNESS RIGHTS ACT
- VIRGINIA VICTIMS FUND
- VIRGINIA VICTIM ASSISTANCE NETWORK
- OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL